Grants avail­able for tree plant­ing

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION -

The Es­sex Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity is of­fer­ing grants for lo­cal projects that help the en­vi­ron­ment. Ru­ral and agri­cul­tural landown­ers who sub­mit plans to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment may be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive ERCA grants cover­ing up to 80 per cent of pro­ject costs. The grants are spe­cific to wa­ter­sheds that drain di­rectly into Lake Erie. To qual­ify, those in­ter­ested must sub­mit a crop nu­tri­ent plan ap­pli­ca­tion, a Clean Wa­ter- Green Spa­ces ap­pli­ca­tion, or both. There is no dead­line to ap­ply. But fund­ing, though still avail­able, is lim­ited each year. Landown­ers in­ter­ested in plant­ing trees or cre­at­ing prairie habi­tat on their prop­erty this spring can also ap­ply for grants. To be el­i­gi­ble, in­di­vid­u­als must own at least one acre of land and pur­chase a min­i­mum of 100 seedlings or 15 large stock trees from ERCA’s on­line cat­a­logue. The dead­line for or­der­ing trees is Feb. 1. For more in­for­ma­tion about farm stew­ard­ship, tree plant­ing and restora­tion pro­grams, visit es­sexre­gion­con­ser­va­tion.ca.

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